Sunday, June 29, 2008

No Photos - Just Hello!

Oh my gosh - after complaining for weeks about the terrible weather - summer is here and it is way too hot - be careful what you wish for! We've had a Red Flag fire alert because of lightening expected this afternoon - it's thundering now! It will be a good exciting evening to stay in an air conditioned house - it's just too hot outside - 97 now I think!
Have not been knitting much - but some on my bag. It is to come.
My sister and family were here this weekend and we hung out at the lake trying to stay cool. I'd run out of books so dashed to the local (small box) book store and picked up the Friday Night Knitting Group.....finished this afternoon. Cute story and so true about how friendships knit us together....I am going to knitting group this week!
College Girl has a new job - working for the busiest caterer in town - loving it! (Yea!!) Making good money (Double Yea) and they seem to be thrilled with her too. This is the job that will get her through college - she can work occasional weekends when they have big jobs, work during Christmas break and have a job next summer etc. We are all thrilled.
REI Girl is busy getting stuff ready for Africa - only four more months. She will be more than ready for a break. She is having a frustrating time at work dealing with too much work and unhappy customers because there isn't enough staff. But she's doing a good job of sticking it out. REI staff has been wonderful to her - donating items to take to the Orphanage, supporting all her efforts. It's a great place to work - but they need more staff!
The Geek is looking into buying a motorcycle - I've just added another item to worry about. I know he'll be extra careful - it's the other driver I worry about.
Me - working lots and still happy as a clam - if I can just stay cool!
I promise pictures of my bag soon.
Knit Peace

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dead Heading

Around mid-summer I always say - nope, ever again. No more flowers that I have to constantly dead head....but alas they get me every year. The lovely bright colors of the petunias, the huge overflowing baskets. I'm a sucker. Luckily my kids know this...and now I'm graced with beautiful hanging baskets...There aren't too many petunias in the second basket - so I think I might be safe! And the first one - all white and pink and Victorian looking doesn't have a single one! But all the other pots of flowers on the patio are only own fault.
Last night while driving home from Book Club (we're going to read "Big Russ and Me") I was treated to a beautiful sight - on my left was Tumalo (Small farming community) in it's finest hour - acres of green pastures and hay fields with the incredible Cascade mountains looking down - the mountains were black but just rimmed with the highlight of the setting sun. They stand out like sentinels. The light was magic. It was spectacular. And then - at the same time - on my right was a HUGE pumpkin moon rising. I was surrounded by what makes Central Oregon the BEST! I am so fortunate to live here!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WW Knit in Public

What a great way to spend a birthday! Sitting in the park knitting with friends! I can't believe we actually have sunshine that Central Oregon is known was gorgeous! Drake Park is Bend's signature park - on all the visitor brochures you see. It really is lovely. Today filled with people out enjoying the lovely day. We got a big kick out of the man who asked us who was the best knitter....we figured it had something to do with the biggest needles....We decided next time to all point to each other! I've really enjoyed getting to know these ladies, I've been so busy these past years getting to know my kids - now it's my time and I'm thrilled to be part of this group!

Since the knitting group has been doing an Entralec together there were a lot of those being worked on - some even finished. They are beautiful. Mine is coming along slowly (I've been reading a lot recently). I'm hoping I have enough yarn to make it the size I want - I got 11 skeins...we'll just have to see.

Well I'm off to work in the garden - hurray! Happy Birthday to the Yarn Harlot - it's her day too!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

A mess

Well College Girl is home and settled in – oh my gosh what a mess one extra person can make!! How on earth did she get all this stuff into her dorm room? And where are we going to put it here…there is already half empty boxes belonging to REI Girl still stacked in the garage and extra bedroom. And she is moving too – from her own little apartment into a house with other girls that already have couches and dishes and stuff. What we moms put up with!!

On the knitting front I’ve got a mess too. My knitting group is doing an Entrelac bag knit–a-long – This is their progress...but naturally I choose a different pattern (wanted my bag much bigger) and since I don’t go to the meetings often (too much gas these days) I started on my own. After fiddling with the math and the pattern to ensure a bigger bag – off I went. So far so good – except it seems when I go around and pick up the stitches down the side of the first triangles – there aren’t enough unless I force a new stitch into the last stitch of the previous square – and they aren’t square – more rectangular. I’m counting on the fact that felting will forgive all my sins, and that maybe the next round of squares will bring everything into line. We’ll see. This is my progress.

Tomorrow marks the last round of graduations – the last of the cousins. Two great girls – two different locations across the state! Along with the family parties for each (different sides of the family too). So there will be lots of driving while the kids (Oh I guess they’re not that anymore) sleep both ways!

The usual spring garden activities have ground to a total halt…’s more like fall around here. Even fresh snow on the mountains this morning – I think summer forgot us this year. This is crazy. But they always say – “if you don’t like the weather in Central Oregon – wait 5 minutes!!

Knit Peace